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Following Films Podcast: Hazel Doupe on You Are Not My Mother

Today I'm joined by Hazel Doupe. She is best known for her role as Frances, an Irish Traveller teen who idolizes boxing legend Muhammad Ali and trains herself to become a boxer in the 2018 film Float Like a Butterfly, which premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.  In 2021, Doupe portrayed Ingrid in the RTÉ One thriller drama series Smother, which also starred Dervla Kirwan, Niamh Walsh, Seána Kerslake and Gemma-Leah Devereux . I had Hazel on the show to discuss her latest film You Are Not My Mother. The film is currently in select theatres and on-demand.

Following Films Podcast: Will Smith Assaults Chris Rock - Aron Solomon Provides Legal Insight

Last night at the Oscars, in a truly unprecedented moment, Will Smith left his seat, walked on stage, and hit Chris Rock in the face. While many wondered for a second (including me) whether this all might have been staged, it clearly was not.  According to Aron Solomon, chief legal analyst for Esquire Digital, “The question that millions of people are asking today is whether Will Smith’s actions legally constituted assault and battery. While the Oscars are broadcast to a massive audience around the world, they are held in California where assault and battery are, by statute, two different crimes. It is clear that what happened at the Oscars was an assault under the California statutory definition.” Today I’m joined by Aron Solomon to discuss the legal ramifications of last night's Best Actor winner's impulsive reaction to a joke. Thanks to Aron for jumping on this call so quickly and thanks to Fort Worth for letting me use the song.   

Following Films Podcast: Donald Mowat on His Oscar Nominated Work in DUNE

 He's a Canadian, British, and naturalized American citizen. He started in amateur theatre and operatic societies as well as community cable television while still in high school. The first film was as an assistant makeup artist on "Joshua Then and Now" and continued working as assistant makeup on numerous projects including "Anne of Green Gables" 'The Fly" "The Believers" and "Frontier" While just in his twenties he was makeup department head on "Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future" winning a daytime Emmy nomination in 1988 and continued to department head several network miniseries and movies of the week.  He works extensively with out-of-kit techniques in casualty effects. His stellar credits as a department head and personal make-up artist in all aspects of feature film and television make-up from the period, corrective, casualty, beauty, and straight makeup, as well as tattoo cover, have been seen in countless

Following Films Podcast: Joey Ally on THE HATER

Today I'm joined by Joey Ally, writer/director/star of THE HATER. The film satrs Joey Ally, Bruce Dern, Meredith Hagner, Ali Larter, Ian Harding, Nora Dunn After losing her job on a U.S. Senate campaign, a liberal environmentalist returns to her conservative Texas hometown to regroup. Upon learning her childhood nemesis is running for state legislature, she creates an ​elaborate scheme to go undercover as his opponent on the Republican ticket with the ultimate goal of forcing a Democratic victory THE HATER is currently available on VOD.

Following Films Podcast: Voice of Bart Simpson, Nancy Cartwright, on Her New Audio Memoir I’m Still a 10-Year-Old Boy

Nancy Cartwright, the ultimate Simpsons insider, has given voice to the boy immediately recognizable as none other than Bart Simpson for more than 30 years. The Simpsons is the longest running scripted show of all time. In this audio memoir, Nancy traces The Simpsons' rapid rise to wild popularity, offers hilarious anecdotes about cast members and guest stars, and reveals what it’s like to be at the center of an American institution - one that reinvented the sitcom, rocked the networks to the core, and forever changed the face of television. Enhanced with multiple audio clips featuring celebrity cameos on The Simpsons, I’m Still a 10-Year-Old Boy is uniquely suited to the audio experience. Audio cameos included are by Danny DeVito, Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney, Meryl Streep, Kirk Douglas, J.K. Simmons, and Beverly D’Angelo as well as Simpsons main characters. Created in 1989 by Matt Groening, The Simpsons is long-running (more than 30 years strong, with 706 episodes) and remains

Following Films Podcast: Jocelin Donahue on OFFSEASON, HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, and DOCTOR SLEEP

  Today I’m joined by Jocelin Donahue to discuss her latest film OFFSEASON.  The film is about a woman who quickly returns to the isolated offshore island where her late mother is buried after receiving a mysterious letter that her mother’s gravesite has been vandalized. When she arrives, she discovers that the island is closing for the offseason with the bridges raised until Spring, leaving her stranded. One strange interaction with the local townspeople after another, She soon realizes that something is not quite right in this small town. She must unveil the mystery behind her mother’s troubled past in order to make it out alive. OFFSEASON will be In Select Theaters, On Demand and Digital: March 11 Thank you to Bookmans for sponsoring the show and Fort Worth for letting me use their song at the end!!!

Following Films Podcast: Bernardo Badillo on Emily the Criminal

Bernardo, a Latin performer of Mexican descent, started acting at his high school in Santa Ana, California, before receiving his B.A. in theater from UCLA, followed by the master’s program at the prestigious Actors Studio Drama School in New York City. Throughout his education he trained under notable teachers such as Moctesuma Esparza, Jose Luis Valenzuela, Jacque Heim at UCLA and Ron Leibman, Barbara Poitier, and Susan Aston among others in New York. Since returning to Los Angeles, he has steadily worked in film, television, commercials, and print. Highlights from his TV career include recurring roles on FX Network’s “Snowfall,” where he was directed by John Singleton, USA Network’s “Queen of the South” as the right-hand man of a drug kingpin and TNT’s “Animal Kingdom.”  He has also guest starred in hit series such as “Dexter,” “Weeds,” “Dead To Me,” and “Insecure,” among others. Upcoming for Bernardo is a role in a new Hulu TV show titled “This Fool,” executive produced by Fred Armi

Following Films Podcast: John Ramsey and James A. Rota on STUDIO 666

  Studio 666 is an upcoming supernatural horror comedy film directed by B. J. McDonnell, with a screenplay by Jeff Buhler and Rebecca Hughes, based on a story from Dave Grohl. Grohl stars in the film alongside his Foo Fighters bandmates Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett, and Rami Jaffee, while Whitney Cummings, Leslie Grossman, Will Forte, Jenna Ortega and Jeff Garlin co-star. Studio 666 also marks the first film to feature the Foo Fighters that is not a documentary: The band were previously the subject of 2011's Foo Fighters: Back and Forth and 2014's Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways. The film is scheduled to be released in the United States on February 25, 2022, by Open Road Films. Today I had the chance to speak with producers John Ramsey and James A. Rota about their work on STUDIO 666.

Following Films Podcast: Matt Glass and Jordan Wayne Long on GHOSTS OF THE OZARKS

Today I'm joined by Matt Glass and Jordan Wayne Long the co-directors behind GHOSTS OF THE OZARKS Tim Blake Nelson, David Arquette, Angela Bettis, Thomas Hobson, Phil Morris and Tara Perry star in this exciting new take on the southern ghost story. In post-Civil War Arkansas, a young doctor is mysteriously summoned to a remote town in the Ozarks only to discover that the utopian paradise is filled with secrets and surrounded by a menacing, supernatural presence GHOSTS OF THE OZARKS is available wherever you rent movies

Following Films Podcast: Barbara Crampton on ALONE WITH YOU

  Today I'm joined by Barbara Crampton to discuss ALONE WITH YOU. As a young woman painstakingly prepares a romantic homecoming for her girlfriend, their apartment begins to feel more like a tomb when voices, shadows, and hallucinations reveal a truth she has been unwilling to face. In Theaters February 4, 2022 and On Demand, Digital and DVD February 8, 2022

Sundance 2022: Josh Korngut of Dread Central on PIGGY

Josh is writer, filmmaker and Dread Central’s managing editor. He also hosts ‘Development Hell’ on the DREAD Podcast Network where he unearths unmade horror films. Josh was kind enough to sit down with me and chat about the Sundance film PIGGY. We also talk about DEAD END, HELLRAISER, FRIDAY THE 13th, HALLOWEEN, LEPRECHAUN, horror in space and the delightful genre trash we both love. I had a great time chatting with Josh and hope to speak with him again. See the synopsis for PIGGY below: With the summer sun beating down on her rural Spanish town, Sara hides away in her parent’s butcher shop. A teenager whose excess weight makes her the target of incessant bullying, she flees a clique of capricious girls who torment her at the town pool, only to stumble upon them being brutally kidnapped by a stranger, who drives off with them in his van. When the police begin asking questions, Sara keeps quiet. Intrigued by the stranger — an interest that’s mutual — she’s torn between revealing the tru

Sundance 2022: Rachael DeCruz and Jeremy S. Levine on THE PANOLA PROJECT

Today I'm joined by Rachael DeCruz and Jeremy S. Levine to discuss their Sundance documentary THE PANOLA PROJECT Highlighting the heroic efforts of Dorothy Oliver, who vaccinated nearly 99% of her small town of Panola, Alabama against COVID-19, THE PANOLA PROJECT chronicles how an often-overlooked rural Black community came together in creative ways to survive.

Following Films Podcast: Gracie Gillam on SUPERHOST

  RLJE Films, a business unit of AMC Networks, has picked up select rights to the horror film SUPERHOST from Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural. RLJE Films will release SUPERHOST on VOD, Digital HD, DVD and Blu-ray on February 1, 2022. Directed and written by Brandon Christensen (Z, Still/Born), SUPERHOST stars Sara Canning (“9-1-1”, “Nancy Drew”), Osric Chau (“The Flash”, “Nancy Drew”), Gracie Gillam (“Z Nation,” “Scream Queens”), and Barbara Crampton (Jakob’s Wife). The DVD will be available for an SRP of $27.97 and Blu-ray for an SRP of $28.96. In SUPERHOST, Teddy and Claire are travel vloggers who run a channel called “SUPERHOST” where they travel and share their experiences in and around vacation homes, and until recently, had become successful doing it. With a dwindling subscriber count, they find the perfect opportunity to create content that people want to see when they meet Rebecca, the host of their most recent trip. Slo

Following Films Podcast: Malcom Goodwin on REACHER

Today I'm joined by actor Malcolm Goodwin to discuss his role in the upcoming Amazon Prime series REACHER REACHER follows Jack Reacher (Alan Ritchson), a veteran military police investigator who has just recently entered civilian life. Reacher is a drifter, carrying no phone and the barest of essentials as he travels the country and explores the nation he once served. When Reacher arrives in the small town of Margrave, Georgia, he finds a community grappling with its first homicide in 20 years. The cops immediately arrest him and eyewitnesses claim to place Reacher at the scene of the crime. While he works to prove his innocence, a deep-seated conspiracy begins to emerge, one that will require Reacher’s keen mind and hard-hitting fists to deal with. One thing above all is for sure: They picked the wrong guy to take the fall.

Sundance 2022: John Patton Ford on EMILY THE CRIMINAL

  Today I'm joined by director John Patton Ford to discuss his film EMILY THE CRIMINAL. Emily (Aubrey Plaza) is saddled with student debt and locked out of the job market due to a minor criminal record. Desperate for income, she takes a shady gig as a “dummy shopper,” buying goods with stolen credit cards supplied by a middleman named Youcef (Theo Rossi). Faced with a series of dead-end job interviews, Emily soon finds herself seduced not only by the quick cash and illicit thrills of black market capitalism, but also by her ardent mentor Youcef. To listen to our conversation use the embedded player below

Sundance 2022: Michael Felker on SOMETHING IN THE DIRT

  Los Angeles based Editor Michael Felker worked on the Sundance project Something In The Dirt, a film by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. In the film, when two neighbors witness supernatural events in their Los Angeles apartment building, they realize documenting the paranormal could inject some fame and fortune into their wasted lives. An ever-deeper, darker rabbit hole, their friendship frays as they uncover the dangers of the phenomena, the city and each other. DIY wonderkids Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson make their Sundance Film Festival debut, serving as co-directors, co-stars, co-editors, writer (Benson), and cinematographer (Moorhead) of this twisted, sci-fi talkie. Their oddball chemistry shines on screen and in the script, as these two isolated and unfulfilled individuals spur each other toward wormholes and away from reality. Something In The Dirt tells a tale of these paranoid times, where every answer imaginable is just a Google search away.

FOLLOWING FILMS PODCAST: Will Battersby and Diane Shader Smith on SALT IN MY SOUL

  SALT IN MY SOUL will be released on VOD in the US, Canada, and UK & Ireland and key territories worldwide on January 25. Based on the posthumously published bestselling memoir of the same name, the film takes you inside the mind of a young woman who tries to live a full life while dying.  Mallory Smith was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at the age of three. In her twenty five-year battle with the deadly disease, she carved out a life that most of us don’t come close to. Using Mallory’s posthumously published 25,000-page secret diaries, hundreds of hours of newly discovered footage, and audio recordings, the film offers Mallory as the narrator of her own extraordinary chronicle. Today I chat with director Will Battersby and Mallory's mother Diane Shader Smith about their film

Following Films Podcast: Paul Solet on CLEAN

  Today I'm joined by Paul Solet to discuss his upcoming crime/thriller, CLEAN. The film is a passion project for Academy Award winning actor ADRIEN BRODY (The French Dispatch, HBO’s “Succession,” The Pianist) who not only stars in the film, but also produced, co-wrote the screenplay and composed the score. The film is developed through Brody’s production company Fable House. CLEAN will be in theaters and everywhere you rent and buy movies on January 28, 2022. For more information go to  https://www.clean.movie

SUNDANCE 2022: Barton Cortright on THE CATHEDRAL

  Today I had the chance to speak with cinematographer Barton Cortright about his work on the Sundance 2022 film THE CATHEDRAL. Starring Brian d’Arcy James, The Cathedral follows an only child's meditative, impressionistic account of an American family's rise and fall over two decades. It was Bart’s job to work with the film’s director, Ricky D’Ambrose, to create a dark film with natural light to highlight the melancholy feel of the film. Part semi-autobiographical portrait and part-catalog of the objects, people, and moments that characterized some 20 years of America, this film is about growing up on Long Island and family dysfunction. Due to the nature of the film, the majority of it was shot inside a home, making lighting vital to the storytelling. Bart was very selective with the lighting choices as he wanted to make the film look as unlit and natural as possible. As such, he worked closely with his gaffer to ensure all of the light came through lighting sources from outsi

FOLLOWING FILMS Podcast: Renata Pinheiro & Sergio Oliveira on KING CAR

Today I'm joined by Renata Pinheiro & Sergio Oliveira to discuss their film KING CAR Renata Pinheiro is a Brazilian film director and visual artist. Graduated in visual arts at UFPE, she was a resident artist at John Moore University, UK; and studied at INA, (Institut National de L’audivisuel). She’s known for her ability to build emotional narratives out of daring and vigorous imagistic constructions. Joining the dynamism of her dramaturgy, the fascinating imagery and also her bold creativity, Renata’s movies are taking one step ahead on the universality of visual language. KING CAR is one of her far-ranging goals to rear a movie that dialogues with elements of science fiction, action, and thriller. In 2017 Renata, together with Sergio Oliveira, released AÇÚCAR in the IFFR 2018. Her first feature, LOVE, PLASTIC AND NOISE (2013), debuted in Brasília Film Fest in which it won three awards. The film was also exhibited in Indie Lisboa and Abraffty Fest in Canada, where it earned t